Dairy a TPP sticking point

Dairy is a big hurdle of TPP discussions, with New Zealand seen as a threat to other dairy-producing countries.

NZ just wants a level playing field in global trade, dairy industry representatives say.

Impaled dog gives birth

Farm dog Storm was impaled on a 3-metre long branch while herding sheep but survived to give birth to three puppies.

A Marlborough sheepdog recovered from a serious staking injury to give birth to a litter of healthy pups.

'No way' of paying fine

Ken McIntyre, here with partner Cassandra Kidd, has been fined $65,000 for unlawfully spreading pig effluent.

A Te Aroha man is reeling after a judge handed him a $65,000 fine for offences at a piggery.

Shearing gangs under pressure

Shearing on Quallburn Downs near Omarama the central South Island.

Shearer used to drive from Ashburton to Blenheim and see nothing but corriedales; now it’s cows or grapes.

Milking order breached

Marlborough dairy farmer Phillip Woolley, pictured, and his wife Suzanne Woolley have been found guilty of breaching a no milking order at their Glenmae farm outside Blenheim.

Dairy farmers guilty of permitting their cattle to be milked in breach of an Environment Court order.

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opinion

Managing the euro risk

Greeks have narrowly averted being thrown out of the Eurozone and the euro will remain the currency in most of Europe - for now at least.

OPINION: As a business owner with a few clients and some suppliers in Europe, I am feeling nervous about the Eurozone crisis and the uncertainty that it's stirring.

Collaboration behind success

Farmers have worked hard at improving their environmental impact, and plenty of others have chipped in to help. But there's still a way to go.

Better business in downcycles

Government should reconsider decision to allow raw milk sales

Fieldays

Barrie shows sportsmanship

Cameron Barrie with his good sportsmanship award he won at the tractor pull at the Fieldays.

Cameron Barrie rewarded for showing the right attitude during the tractor pull at this year's Fieldays.

'Fantastic' for fencing tool inventor

The Fieldays was a “fantastic” success for fencing tool inventor Patrick Roskam, his mum Angela Roskam says.

Matt Jones of Levin competes in the Golden Pliers.

Top fencer 'chuffed' with win

It was seventh time lucky for a chuffed Tim Stafford at the recent National Fencing Championships.

dairy

Waikato region facing $1 billion loss under a $4 payout

Ag First Agricultural consultant Phil Journeaux says the regions will feel the impact of a predicted fall in payout when Fonterra reviews its forecast on August 7.

AgFirst's annual financial survey has a grim outlook for the Waikato.

Dairy a TPP sticking point

NZ just wants a level playing field in global trade, dairy industry representatives say.

John Key takes a phone call.

Key's telephone diplomacy for TPP

John Key is personally lobbying world leaders to give ground on dairy tariffs in the final days of trade talks.

advice

You can only control employment

Make sure you have a plan heading into the calving and lambing seasons.

OPINION: Most of you reading this now will be getting ready for calving and lambing in the next month

A balanced budget

Minimising losses is just as important as maximising profits.

Giant miscanthus grass growing on trial at a Kirwee dairy farm could be the future for shelter belts in Canterbury. Lincoln University researchers Steve Wratten (left) and Chris Littlejohn at one of the miscanthus trial plots. Pic supplied

A hedge with an edge

A giant sterile hybrid grass that grows to 4m could be the answer to a lot of shelter problems on farms.

aquaculture

Aquaculture growth an ongoing battle

Graeme Coates

Latest aquaculture expansion in Tasman Bays is the latest step along a road stretching back more than three decades.

MPs visit mussel spat hatchery

A team of Labour MPs finished a day in Nelson with a visit to the SPATnz mussel hatchery at the Glen, north of Nelson.

A kayak fisher tries his luck at a Golden Bay mussel farm.

Marine farm decision challenged

Legal challenge means delays are likely before new marine farms go ahead in Tasman and Golden Bays.

beef

Young Future Beef gun just a natural

Young Future Beef gun Nicolas Verry is granddad Joe Fouhy's right hand man.

Nine-year-old Nicolas Verry wants to be a stock agent when he grows up.

Offers flood in for Mr Bull

Offers pour in to re-home a lovable steer after owner takes bull by the horns.

Wiltshire sheep and stud hereford breeders Mary and Martin Taylor and son Daniel brave a cold southerly to smile for the camera.

Winning ways with wiltshires and herefords

Sheep and beef farmers Martin and Mary Taylor haven't shorn or dagged a sheep in at least 10 years.

Sheep

Dog impaled on branch gives birth

Farm dog Storm was impaled on a 3-metre long branch while herding sheep but survived to give birth to three puppies.

A Marlborough sheepdog recovered from a serious staking injury to give birth to a litter of healthy pups.

Winning ways with wiltshires and herefords

Sheep and beef farmers Martin and Mary Taylor haven't shorn or dagged a sheep in at least 10 years.

Shearing on Quallburn Downs near Omarama the central South Island.

Shearing gangs under pressure

Shearer used to drive from Ashburton to Blenheim and see nothing but corriedales; now it’s cows or grapes.

cropping

Long term approach yields results

Award winning Waikato maize grower Alan Henderson with his silverware.

Alan Henderson looks at the long term picture when it comes to achieving higher crop yields on his Pirongia farm.

Young fruit grower of the year named

A Waimea fruit grower has taken out the title of Nelson Young Fruit Grower 2015.

Hemp seed food sales remain on the horizon following discussions between New Zealand and Australian food safety ministers in January.

Hemp seed food standard closer

New Zealand could adopt a food standard for the sale of hemp seed products in the next 12-18 months.

agribusiness

Waikato region facing $1 billion loss under a $4 payout

Ag First Agricultural consultant Phil Journeaux says the regions will feel the impact of a predicted fall in payout when Fonterra reviews its forecast on August 7.

AgFirst's annual financial survey has a grim outlook for the Waikato.

Farming father 'has no way' of paying fine

A Te Aroha man is reeling after a judge handed him a $65,000 fine for offences at a piggery.

Elders NZ managing director Stuart Chapman, third from the left, is leaving his role

Stu Chapman to step down from Elders

Elders New Zealand managing director Stu Chapman will leave the wool and livestock business next month.

Discovery

Fewer false TB positives

Professor Bryce Buddle takes a skin test on a cow.

A new test for bovine TB developed by AgResearch is attracting international attention.

Herb-clover grows lambs faster

Specialised herb-clover mixes may be the answer to improving both reproductive performance of sheep, and lamb finishing weights.

Lincoln University greenhouse research into the use of sewage and dairy effluent to grow native plants.

$200m gain forecast from biowaste

New research suggests the use of sewage and dairy shed effluent on pine plantations can generate big economic returns.

rural women

Cattle whisperer leaves legacy

Dr Cheryl McMeekan, pictured with Ditau, one of her five dogs, died on June 8 on Lantau Island in Hong Kong.

Cheryl McMeekan had a gift with animals. She cared for every one she found and her beneficence is living on, despite her death.

Firm friendship: The sports star and the girl inventor

It's easy to see young inventer Ayla Hutchinson and her mentor, Bernice Mene are mates - even though they clearly have pretty different backgrounds.

Wendy Avery.

The strong woman behind the man

Meet the woman who supports the man who is the face of the fight against farmer depression.

Video

'Technology is the biggest story'

Time editor Nancy Gibbs believes technology is the biggest story in this "golden age of journalism".

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